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Definition of "Maladroits"

Not adroit; clumsy; inept; awkward.

 


 

Maladroits win in a tight fixture on a deadly wicket...

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Alex "Bobby" Lees reporting

  • v Legends
  • at Tooting Common
  • Wednesday 24th June
  • Maladroits won by 26 runs

 

Maladroits 157, Legends 131 all out

The Maladroits played their first mid-week 20:20 fixture on a Wednesday night in Tooting on an absolute minefield of a pitch. It was probably lucky for both teams that there wasn’t an out and out express bowler on either side to take advantage of the juicy surface. Boozer either won or lost the toss, and the Maladroits batted first and looked to take advantage of the short boundaries. The captains also decided on two for a wide and no extra delivery in order to speed up the play. Batsmen also had to retire at 30, but could return if all wickets were lost.

 

Jamo and debutant Jon Retter opened up and it was soon clear that the pitch had a bit of spice in it as balls either whistled past heads or shot along the deck indiscriminately. The openers did a good job of negotiating the first few overs, although Jamo’s 12 ball 0 was a bit more Test match than 20:20 pace. Jon hit some useful boundaries at the other end on his way to 18 and was joined in the middle by Westcott. Wesser adopted his usual approach in trying to smash everything to the boundary and played some lovely shots in his run a ball 19.

 

Due to the nature of 20:20 the batsmen were always under pressure to keep the score moving and inevitably wickets fell. Tom Daniell made a quick 12 and was followed by another Retter debutant, Paul, who made a solid 29 and added real impetus to the innings. So far run less Locky provided the meat in the innings with a brilliant 32*, that included four 4’s in a row. Shame they don’t count to the averages Locky! Locky had able assistance from Mikey at the other end who hit 22 before running himself out at the death.

 

The Maladroits finished on 157-7 off their 20 overs, and this looked to be a competitive total. Rob opened the bowling, maintaining a tight line to the dangerous openers, and only conceded a boundary. Chinny, with his quicker off breaks, started at the other end and was soon rewarded with a good catch from Lees. Another wicket soon went with Locky holding a catch to go with his excellent batting earlier. Unfortunately, Chinny couldn’t add to his 2 wickets as Locky soon blotted his copy book by spilling an easier chance.

 

Boozer marshaled his bowlers to give everyone a go. The most impressive was Wesser with a wicket maiden from his solitary over, in stark contrast to Lees who took it upon himself to make the game close by conceding about 40 from his 2 overs of dross. Jamo showed Lees how it should have been done by claiming 2 wickets with his tweakers and was able supported by Mikey in the spin department. Mikey picked up a wicket, but not before one of his tastier morsels had been dispatched to the boundary and would have gone a lot further had its flight not been broken by Boozers well positioned car. Good placement Boozer, but might be best to put fielders in that direction next time and not your car?

 

The legends depended on the batting of their two men who retired on reaching 30, but on their return they were well controlled by the returning Bowen and also the accurate seam bowling of Jon and Tom towards the end. In the end the Legends fell short and were all out for 129.

The Maladroits claimed a well deserved victory in the shorter form of the game. There are many debates as to the virtues of 20:20 cricket and we don’t have time to go into all of them here, but this reporter will state that one vital component of the usual Maladroits game was missing in the shorter form and made a big difference to the enjoyment of the game; The Match Tea.

 

 

Match Summary

MOM

Jon Retter

Fielder of the Day

Alex Lees

DOD

Alex Lees ( 2 overs for a lot..)

Teas

n/a
Drops  

Notable Performances

Locky- runs

Quote of the Day

"Is this really a cricket pitch?"